Avengers-Peggy smile

So the Agent Carter finale was last night

WELL ....

... I'm still a towering mess of incoherent feels about it. FEELS ALL OVER THE PLACE. FEELS SPILLING OFF MY KEYBOARD. I desperately want to write fic to fix that cliffhanger (WTF WAS THAT CLIFFHANGER) but I can't seem to corral all of my various emotional reactions running in every direction enough to actually do it.

FEELS ALL OVER THE PLACE.

That Peggy/Daniel kiss!

THAT CLIFFHANGER! About which, my thoughts can best be summed up as:



He is SO not dead; that is a Hollywood TV-dead cliffhanger if I ever saw one -- it's even signposted by the episode title! However, if I do not get a season three, and season three is looking tragically unlikely based on the show's ratings and Hayley Atwell signing with another series, I will NEVER be over the fact that the show set up an h/c scenario which is cut straight from my id and then FAILED TO GIVE ME THE REST OF IT.

... also, from a fanfic-writing perspective, I think I've been writing Daniel WAY less physically badass than he is actually capable of being. Going to have to remember this. I am also having serious doubts that his nonspecific ailment is actually a missing leg as opposed to a leg that's just seriously messed up, because I'm not sure if he could actually have gotten away with some of the stuff he does in this episode with a prosthesis. (Yes, I know the reason is that Enver Gjokaj has two perfectly functional legs; still, I need to decide for ficcing purposes, and I'm leaning more in the "messed up but still intact" direction after these episodes. Though there's still that line from season one that suggests the opposite.)

THE CLIFFHANGER THOUGH.

And Peggy and Daniel at the end. Her delighted smile, and his stunned and happy look ... it's just so great. It's all I wanted.

Although that scene where Jack comes into the lab and Peggy sends him to get food for everybody and he does it cheerfully and happily might just be my favorite scene in the episode. I never dreamed we'd get as much of a redemption arc for him this season as we did. That betrayal at the end of last season is SO worth it now, since it set up that lovely, lovely moral dilemma and reversal to Team Good Guy.

I said this last season and I think it's still true: this is not a perfect show, but it's perfect FOR ME. So perfect. Unless Jack is dead, in which case see above gif.

Whether or not we get a season three, I hope you guys want post-finale fixits, because I have a feeling you are going to be getting a LOT of them coming from my direction shortly.

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I want post finale fixits! I'd love them! :D (Will Dottie be involved? *g*)

OH MY GOD, THAT KISS WAS THE MOST ADORABLE THING EVER. I EVEN ALMOST FORGIVE THE SHOW FOR SIDELINING WILKES. LIKE, I WANTED TO DRAW HEARTS ON THE SCREEN. I COOED LIKE AN OLD LADY. I FREAKING LOVED IT.

Yeah, I'm not buying that Jack's dead till a doctor declares him or I see his body lying in a morgue. I've fallen for that one too many times now.
But they didn't sideline Wilkes! Wilkes was exactly what Peggy needed to be her rebound guy after Steve. She needed to go out there and allow herself to let Steve go with someone who might not be a permanent fixture in her life. I mean, when she first kissed Wilkes at the start of S2, I felt this "omg not Steve" moment that I wouldn't have liked to have with Daniel. So for me, the setup to them finally being together at the end was perfect :D
My reaction to all of the episode except the last scene with jack can be summed up as: :D!!!!!!!!!!!!

My reaction to Jack's scene at the end is best described as creeping horror when I realized he's alone in a hotel room and things might happen to him, and then followed by no. Basically:

NOPE

But, as I said somewhere else, I'm pretty much 99.9% confident he survived that. Narratively, it makes more sense to have him injured if they want to keep him in LA. If Jack is not injured, he has virtually no reason to intrude on Chief Sousa's West Coast SSR jurisdiction. He can't just move to LA to be with friends, unlike Peggy who's moving for love. So the best way to have him actually be around in S3 is to have him get injured and then have Team Carter investigate what happened to Jack and to the file that was stolen. (The theory about Michael Carter being alive is looking more and more likely by the second.)

Plus, as with my grandfather who survived getting shot in the chest just fine during WWII, a wound to the chest was just about operable in that time, post WWII, as long as Jack gets help. (Which is almost certainly the case since the hotel management is supposed to be kicking him out any second, as they set it up.)
So I don't see any reason they won't have Jack alive and well in S3 and in the meantime we can write ALL the h/c and feelings recovery fic we desperately need right now! :D

Whether or not we get a season three, I hope you guys want post-finale fixits, because I have a feeling you are going to be getting a LOT of them coming from my direction shortly.

It's a hardship, however will we deal.... :P
So the best way to have him actually be around in S3 is to have him get injured and then have Team Carter investigate what happened to Jack and to the file that was stolen.

Ohhh, I like this theory. It would mean several episodes at least of Jack wandering around injured... maybe wearing a sling... he and Ana can bond over gunshot wounds...
Yes, I will definitely take all the fix-it fic you have. Arrggh. Definitely not a cool way to end things.
FIXITS 4EVAH! I haven't been this ficcishly inspired by a season finale in awhile ... possibly since White Collar season three and all the infinite possibilities of that finale. Still not quite over my shock (everything was going so happily! and then it wasn't!) but the fics are helping me cope ...

Edited at 2016-03-04 07:26 am (UTC)
A brief drive-by comment on the way to bed, but regarding Hayley's new series ... she's in a pilot for ABC. She has, however, said that if the show gets picked up again, she's open to the idea of doing both. So it's not out for sure. The showrunner seems pessimistic about the possibility of a season three, but it seems like EVERYONE was predicting doom and gloom last year, and I didn't even think we'd get a second one ... so ... maybe? :D
All that you said. All of it. Plus... Jarvis getting so hurt that Peggy had the temerity to call a cab. And then his leap for joy as he lunged for her suitcases... my heart exploded. I love that man.

And just to contribute something substantive to the conversation and not simply be a leeching hanger-on, I'll offer this tidbit from IGN's post-finale interview with Michele Fazekas:

IGN: Let’s start out with Thompson. I was initially presuming he was dead for sure, but maybe not?

Michele Fazekas: All you see is he’s shot. And that’s what we told Chad Michael Murray. "You are shot. You are not necessarily dead.” We are not trying to be cute. We have not planned beyond we know he’s shot. Obviously one of two things happen. He’s either dead or not dead. We’ll say. “What makes best sense for the story? And what makes best sense for the character?” The reason we had done it was a couple of things. In the morality play of Thompson’s life, he’s made some bad choices. We’ve always said he’s an ambitious guy, he’s not a bad guy. Because of his ambitions he does things to benefit himself more than the greater good. The last episode or the last two episodes, he almost goes too far in the opposite direction where he’s going to do something bad because he thinks it’s the greater good. He’s going to kill Vernon, Wilkes and Whitney, which is a criminal act, but he doesn't care. He thinks unless he does that, we’re going to be screwed and the rest of the world is going to be screwed.


Schrodinger's Jack, anyone?

(The entire interview: http://m.ign.com/articles/2016/03/02/agent-carter-co-showruner-on-season-2s-cliffhanger-and-what-could-come-next)
So much to love in this episode!! Like how Peggy handles Wilkes, Stark and other guy who's name I can't remember atm, who are arguing over what to call the invention (Jarvis' bit about seeing their egos growing is perfect) - and then names it herself, lol!!

Also loved Jarvis being upset that Peggy called a cab,of all things, and then being joyous that she changed her mind!! :D

I even loved the way that Peggy and Daniel end up kissing, and I'm soooo not a shipper! But this was a kind of light and fun way of doing it, not schmoopy romance, which sits better with me.

As for Jack, well, his eyes were closed when they pan away. If he was definitely dead, his eyes would have been open and staring, the fact they weren't suggests he's still alive at that point. As far as I'm concerned, he's found moments later, taken to hospital and survives. And unless canon returns and says otherwise, that's what I'm sticking to. He's alive, he survives and anything else is 'la-la-la, not listening'!! :D :D :D
Yeah, I was fully expecting the camera to pan down to Jack and have his eyes be open and obviously dead ... and because they didn't, I'm holding out a lot of hope for his survival. Come on show, you can do it!

And yes, I loved how everyone got to be Big Heroes in this episode, and everyone got to be awesome and darling and adorable in their own way. Oh, my babies. :D It wasn't the best finale of anything ever, but it delivered everything I wanted from a finale for this show (with extra bonus cliffhanger that I did NOT ask for) and I have already rewatched parts of it a bunch. :)
Apart from all the adorable bits already mentioned, I really enjoyed the Team Carter tug of war against team Zero Matter. Love me some team feels, and that was such a bad ass and non-sentimental approach to it. ♥
Yes! :D I love "teamwork" fights! ... well, okay, this was a fight against an unstoppable force of nature, but it still involved everyone pitching in and doing their part and being brave, and I loved how devoted every single one of them was to not letting Daniel slip into the rift.
"‘Agent Carter’ Star Hayley Atwell Cast in ABC Legal Pilot ‘Conviction’" by Laura Prudom at Variety
"If Atwell’s “Agent Carter” is renewed for a third season, it’s said that the British thesp’s schedule will be worked out to accommodate both shows."
"Marvel’s Agent Carter” has never been a ratings juggernaut for ABC on Tuesday nights — the most recent episode drew 2.9 million viewers and a 0.8 rating — but the series scores notable gains in Live+3 and Live+7 playback among the adults 18-49 demo, with last week’s telecast spiking 63% from three days of playback (from a 0.8 in L+SD to a 1.3) and the second season premiere jumping 78% after seven days (from a 0.9 in L+SD to a 1.6)."

We need a third season. You know I have very mixed feelings about Jack, but we just watched it, and Daughter said, "Calm down, Mom" before I'd even started screaming "NOOOOOOOO!" because she knew I was about to scream.

And the very next thing I did was to come look up your entry, obviously.
Oh, I hope it gets a season three. I so want a season three. (A season three with Jack being ALIVE, obviously.) Fingers crossed!

... really, it's a diabolically clever cliffhanger. I'm seeing a lot of reactions on tumblr to the effect of, "I don't even like Jack, but I didn't want him DEAD!" And especially after he managed to be useful and helpful and humble this episode! It would just be cruel to kill him now.